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February 16, 2010

Posted by Nora in Uncategorized.
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Tip #19:  Say Something!

Learning to read means more than just reading the words on the page.  Reading means understanding those words and understanding the story (character, setting, problem, solution) as a whole!  For this activity, choose a Now I’m Reading book, or another just right book, and place 3-5 sticky notes throughout the pages.  Next, have your child read the book aloud.  Whenever he gets to a sticky note, he should “say something” about what is happening in the book!  He could “say something” about the characters, the setting or the events in the story.  He could “say something” about a funny part, a silly illustration or about an interesting word.  He could also “say something” about what he predicts might happen next or what he connects with in the story.  Learning to think about what is happening in a book and learning to comment on the story will get your child actively involved in the reading experience beyond just reading the words on the page.  Best of all, this activity will build essential comprehension skills while helping your beginning reader understand that reading and thinking go hand in hand.

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